Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Follow me on The Rodeo Hand

We’ve shared some Wyoming rodeo and ranch cowboy stories with you here and did so with honor over the last few years. I don’t profess to know how all this blogging world works. It’s still a “column” to me – a way to share the latest information we are privileged to receive. But those who do know how this social media stuff is most effectively disseminated explained to me yesterday that we are being repetitive and need to consolidate. So, please stick with us on “The Rodeo Hand” where I’ll still be providing most of the words until they boot me out of here to go to stud. Don’t I wish.

This is adios for “Charlie’s Cowboy Blog” and I tip a hatful of gratitude to those of you who’ve come to visit and share.

Thanks Pard,

Monday, July 12, 2010

Calgary Update

It rarely rains hard enough to stop a big professional rodeo and even more unlikely is stoppage of play in Calgary. A severe thunderstorm interrupted the western Canadian action briefly as lightning cracked and hail stones descended to the arena dirt. Mud ensued. It was good mud for University of Wyoming grad Todd Suhn as he won the fourth round of steer wrestling with a time of 4.5 seconds this afternoon. He’ll be back for the big Showdown Sunday at Calgary in which the winner gets a check for $100,000 in each event. Four contestants assured Sunday action by their times and scores today.

Cowboys and cowgirls compete in two groups and Pool A completed work today after four outings at the Calgary Stampede. Each day was a new rodeo with $10,000 up for grabs. Mills, Wyoming bareback rider Kelly Timberman won the first round last Friday spurring to a score of 85.5 points:


Timberman was on the legendary Moulin Rouge this afternoon and finished with 82.5 points. Kelly, who won the world championship in his event in 2004, made Showdown Sunday in the Calgary field by earning a total of $10,500 in his four rides.

Ryan Gray, who grew up in Cheyenne and Laramie, was 88.5 points today in Calgary and placed second overall in his pool to insure his return for the $100,000 round.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Christmas Goodies

The long and hard Fourth of July run of rodeos across the western U.S. saw some outstanding performances from Wyoming’s pro rodeo cowboys who wear the colors of Team Wyoming under a sponsorship contract with the state’s tourism office. It is the only signed agreement in the U.S. between a state agency and professional rodeo athletes.

The 2004 world champ in bareback riding is co-champion of the 2010 Prescott, Arizona rodeo which is touted as the oldest event of its kind in the country. Kelly Timberman of Mills, Wyoming scored an 86 in Prescott to strike the pay window for $4,800. Kelly won the Williams Lake, British Columbia rodeo that paid $3,200 and was in fine spirits after his July 3 outing for 84 points at the Cody Stampede netting another $1,400:

Timberman bounced up to #10 in the world standings following his “Cowboy Christmas” performances collecting nearly $16,000.

Midwest, Wyoming steer wrestler Les Shepperson showed his mettle by winning the Greeley (Colorado) Stampede over the Fourth and doing so with a strained MCL in his right knee. Les is now 31st in the world standings.

Gillette’s Chet Johnson is working with a similar injury situation only his MCL issue is with the left knee. Nonetheless, Johnson won the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche spurring to score 87 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Sundown to snare $3,700. He gathered another $ 1,100 at St. Paul, OR and is currently 34th in the bronc riding world standings.

Kanin Asay of Powell won the championship round of the Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls event in Cody, July 5. Asay pocketed a total of $7,700 toward his attempt to make the national finals in Vegas come December. We anxiously await the July 25 broadcast on ESPN2 of the Cody event.

Gillette bull rider Bobby Welsh has jumped to 20th in the world standings following a Cowboy Christmas dash that included a third-place finish at St. Paul, Oregon where Welsh scored an 88-point ride. The three other Team Wyoming bull riders – Clayton Savage of Casper, Asay, and Seth Glause of Rock Springs – are each within striking distance of the Top 15 holding down positions 25, 30 and 37 respectively.

Glause is a two-event cowboy and left the Cody Stampede pleased with his 86-point bronc ride that provided a paycheck of $5,000:

Casper’s Jhett Johnson (heeler) has joined forces with the man who leads all headers thus far in 2010. Turtle Powell of Texas and Johnson will be throwing with gusto to get a national finals team roping bid. Johnson is currently in the #25 spot. The pair won third and more than $60,000 at the recent Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic in Reno. Unfortunately that cash doesn’t count in the world standings race.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Jingle Bells

There is darting through the air and dancing in the dirt for another Cowboy Christmas is here. Pro rodeo celebrates the yuletide season in late June and early July when the large number of events that pay well are condensed into a two-week period anchored by the Fourth of July.

Fireworks came early for a few of Wyoming’s top hands. Clayton Savage of Casper won the bull riding at Evergreen, CO and took co-champ honors in North Platte, NE. the same weekend (June 19-20) to collect another $3,400 toward a quest to make his second NFR.

2004 world champion bareback rider Kelly Timberman of Mills, WY gathered a nice $5,000 payday by spurring to a score of 88 points to win the 50th annual Daines Ranch Rodeo in Innisfail, Alberta June 20.

Kelly travels with his wife, Charidie, and their movements over the next few days are typical of what the pros must do over the Fourth. Timberman was up in Prescott, Arizona Tuesday and then popped up in Alberta, Canada yesterday. Entries are made at Williams Lake, British Columbia and St. Paul, Oregon before returning to the home-state Cody Stampede, July 3.

The big doings at Cody will conclude Monday, July 5 with the popular Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls event. Pro rodeos finest bull riders – 40 of them – are entered in that one. It’s a really good show and we hope to see you at the Stampede over the Fourth and Xtreme Bulls on the 5th.

Wyoming will have tables set up in front of the Cody arena where we’ll hand out our latest DVDs and other freebies. Several of the pro rodeo cowboys who wear our Team Wyoming moniker will be on hand to sign autographs.

Here’s the Wyoming line-up for Xtreme Bulls in Cody:

First Section – Bobby Welsh Gillette drew Cowboy Cool; Kanin Asay of Powell is on Dopey; and Tyler Willis from Wheatland has a swim scheduled with Josey Whales. Those bulls are all products of stock contractor JS Rodeo.

Second Section – No Wyoming bull riders but this section features reigning champ J.W. Harris, Cody Hancock, Dustin Elliott, Jesse Bail, and Clint Craig among others.

Third Section: Will Farrell of Thermopolis drew Bojangles and Clearmont’s Charlie Gorzalka is on Uh Oh. Both of those bulls belong to Frontier Rodeo.

Section Four – Seth Glause of Rock Springs, who won $1,100 last weekend at a Canadian rodeo, swings for a Home Run. That bull is owned by host stock contractor Mo Betta Rodeo.

Section Five – Clayton Savage of Casper drew Mo Betta bull Otis.

Tickets for the Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls are $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 12. Buy online at codystampederodeo.com or by calling 1-800-207-0744.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kaycee a Must See

We’ve been road warriors for about six weeks now covering the progress and completion of “Good Ride Cowboy” – a life-and-a-half size bronze of Chris LeDoux spurring Stormy Weather to a world championship. Artist/sculptor Mike Thomas of Buffalo, WY placed a replica in bronze of LeDoux’s favorite Guild guitar as base of the piece which weighs in at 3,500 pounds. Lori Hogan and Kristin Phipps of our staff helped out at the dedication ceremony Saturday in Kaycee where the population of 300 was multiplied by ten. LeDoux fans, friends and family came together for what Western Underground guitarist Mark Sissel aptly termed a “reunion.”

Lori and Kristin took a lot of pictures and we’d like to share them here:

Chris LeDoux Park Tribute

Our Mike McCrimmon is providing video footage to GAC (Great American Country) for airing by the network’s popular host, and big Chris LeDoux fan, Storme Warren on his show called “Headline Country.” We’ll let you know when to watch for that. In the meantime, Mike put together some shots for you to enjoy:

LeDoux sat

Once the tarp was pulled away it was clear that Chris LeDoux will live forever and his fans including Garth Brooks still ache to be in the presence of Chris’ smile or an unwitting participant in one of his practical jokes.

Chris LeDoux Memorial Park is not hard to find in downtown Kaycee. Please stop by, rest and reflect, the next time you’re in the vicinity. No doubt a LeDoux tune will come to mind. For me it was “Tougher than the Rest.”

Rest in Peace Wyoming cowboy. We miss you very, very much.

Our office has coupled the “Tribute to Chris LeDoux” DVD with a new one chronicling the making of the bronze. If you are interested in obtaining the collector’s set contact us or call the Chris LeDoux Memorial Foundation directly at: 307-738-2322.

Cowboy Catch-Up
The big news so far this summer rodeo season, in terms of the men who carry on smartly for Team Wyoming, is injury. Jason Miller, the 2007 world champion steer wrestler, broke a bone in his shoulder and suffered a partial tear of a rotator cuff when a steer stopped short on him during a run at Cody. Jason is taking six weeks off and has been told by Justin Medicine’s Dr. Tandy Freeman not to haze either if he expects to heal enough to compete again this year. Miller has a good attitude and is keeping his chin up. “Things could be a lot worse. Six weeks or six months isn't the end of the world for me. I will back at them sooner or later and with a vengeance,” Miller wrote me in an email. Jason will have Dr. Freeman’s crew check things over early at Cheyenne Frontier Days and if the outcome is positive he’ll return to action for CFD. If not, surgery would be the appropriate course to follow.

Kanin Asay, who won the bull riding at the national finals last December, is nursing a bad tear to his right palm sustained when stepped on in a chute a few weeks ago in Canada. The Powell, Wyoming bull rider feels ready to go for Cowboy Christmas starting in a few days and running through the Fourth of July – actually July 5 at the Xtreme Bulls event in Cody. The draws and dates over much of Cowboy Christmas aren’t pleasing to Asay and he, Bobby Welsh and Chance Smart won’t be able to let their seats cool on the plane they’ve chartered to make a run at the Top 15.

The lone Team Wyoming player in that coveted Top 15 headed into Cowboy Christmas is Mills, Wyoming man Kelly Timberman. The 2004 world champion bareback rider is in the 13th spot and ready to make his move upward.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

LeDoux Bronze is Coming Together

A heroic size bronze monument of Chris LeDoux spurring to a world championship in bareback riding will be dedicated in Kaycee, Wyoming June 19th. Many Wyoming people had a hand in the four-year effort. Here is a video update on the project as it nears completion:

news bronze

Chris LeDoux won the world championship in 1976 and his music career was highlighted by his band’s wildly popular concert performances particularly at venues connected with rodeos across the western U.S. LeDoux died of a rare form of cancer in 2005. He was 56 years old. He has been enshrined in both the Cheyenne Frontier Days and professional rodeo halls of fame. The schedule of events for the Kaycee park and bronze dedication can be found at: www.kayceewyoming.com.

Those who are making plans to overnight in the Kaycee area should contact the Kaycee Chamber of Commerce at the website listed above. There may be some camping spots available but most space it taken. The few motel rooms have been booked so it would be best to check in Buffalo or Casper.

We’ve been chronicling the building stages of the very impressive monument – along with the park’s progress – and will be showing that 15-minute video a number of times in downtown Kaycee, adjacent to the park, leading up to the bronze unveiling.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Steer Ropers Get Their Due

Wyoming hosted the first-ever National Circuit Finals Steer Roping this month in Torrington. It was good to hear the expertise of announcer Jim Thompson and great to see so many younger ropers compete. Harold Bumguardner is one of the seasoned fellows instrumental in getting the event staged. Harold won the all-around at Cheyenne in ’84 and it was a real pleasure interviewing him then as it was in Torrington:

Torrington rope 4-26-10 Project 1-MPEG-4

Harold Bumguardner now lives in Torrington. He owns not only a Cheyenne all-around buckle but has also won championships at the Daddy in steer roping and senior steer roping.

WYO Man picks up a little CA Cash

Powell, Wyoming bull rider Kanin Asay was able to make a trip to the pay window to close out the Clovis, California rodeo this past weekend. Asay’s 85-point ride on a bull called Triple Threat was good enough for fifth place and $1,100.00

Asay’s good friend and fellow bull rider Chance Smart won the Clovis event scoring a 90 on Burch Rodeo’s (Rozet, WY) Magic Man.